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Salary Cap Outlook – The Metropolitan Division

Continuing on from where we left off with the Atlantic Division, it’s now time to take a look at the cap situations of the other Eastern Conference teams in the Metropolitan (what a weird name) Division.

*All figures according to, with the Salary Cap being $69 million*

*2015-16 cap space does not include current unsigned RFA’s*

Part 2: Eastern Conference – Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes

2014-15 Season:

Total players under NHL contract: 20 (11 forwards, 7 defensemen, 2 goalies)
Cap Payroll: $63,080,000
Overages: None
Cap Space: $5,920,000
RFA’s Remaining: None
Players on LTIR: None

Overview: With no RFA’s left to sign, it remains to be seen if the Hurricanes will look to fill out the other forward spot from within, or make a move onto some of the remaining UFA’s. One such player could be Andrei Loktionov, who finished out last season with the team and still finds himself as a UFA. Carolina is in good cap shape heading into next season, despite paying four forwards over $5.75 million (Eric Staal, Alex Semin, Jordan Staal, and Jeff Skinner).

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NHL Rumors II: Johansen, Five Arbitration Cases and No Setoguchi For Leafs

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen may still be far apart in contract talks, but at least they have been in contact after weeks of no communication. A source saying that Johansen’s camp recently sent a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, a two-year deal. Johansen said last month that the Blue Jackets “bridge” offer was a slap in the face. To date, term has been the major stumbling block, with the Johansen looking long-term and the Blue Jackets looking short term.

    “Ryan wants to be a Blue Jacket and he wants to be in Columbus,” said Overhardt, who declined to discuss the negotiations. “That has never been an issue in any of this. He loves it there.

    “He was very excited to see the club wrap up Brandon Dubinsky with such a long-term contract (earlier this month). That’s the kind of player he wants as a teammate, the kind of player he wants beside him.”

    It’s unclear what both sides are offering on a two-year deal, and how far apart they are on salary.

  • Mike Brehm of USA Today: Five interesting salary arbitration cases that are schedule to begin today.Vladimir Sobotka – determining salary for when he decides to return to the NHL.

    Ryan O’Reilly – had a $6.5 million salary last season, with the Avalanche trying to get much lower than that. Recorded 28 goals and 64 points, while picking up the Lady Byng Trophy.

    James Reimer – had 3.29 GAA last year, but a .911 save percentage. Had $1.8 million salary cap hit last year, $1.6 million in salary.

    Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard – the Rangers have about $12.3 million available for four roster players.

    P.K. Subban – comparable to when the Predators and Shea Weber went to arbitration. Weber was awarded $7.5 million in 2011. Subban could break Weber’s ruling record.

  • Andrew Walker: Free agent Devin Setoguchi won’t be signing with the Maple Leafs. He is considering two teams in the East.

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NHL News: Brandon Dubinsky Signs Extension With Blue Jackets

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets and Brandon Dubinsky agreed on a six-year, $35.1 million contract extension. He’ll get $5.85 million in each of the six seasons. The deal carries a no-movement clause from now through 2017-18. A limited no-trade clause starts in 2018-19 and runs through 2020-21.

    Dubinsky was acquired from the Rangers along with Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first round pick (Kerby Rychel) for Rick Nash.

The 28-year Dubinsky was drafted 60th overall in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft by the Rangers.


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NHL Rumors III: Trade Candidates, Wings, Green, Brodeur, Hayes and Pokka

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top centers that are rumored to be on the trade block: 1. Vincent Lecavalier 2. Ryan Johansen – there is the unlikely scenario that due to the stalled contract talks that teams may call to see what it would take to get him. 3. Nazem Kadri.
  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top-six winger trade candidates for this offseason: 1. Evander Kane 2. Patrick Sharp 3. Cody Hodgson.
  • Art Regner of Fox Sports Detroit: A team source is saying that the Red Wings have made Mike Green their top trade target and have reached out to the Capitals regarding  Green and his availability. The Capitals have indicated in the past that he’s staying, but it might make sense for them to move him given their salary cap situation. Green is owed $6.2 million this year with a $6 million salary cap hit. The source added that the longer the Capitals hold on to Green, the more likely other teams could inquire about him. Green has a modified no-trade clause. The Red Wings would like to move quickly on a deal and are hopeful they can get something done.
  • Matt Larkin of The Hockey News: Five landing spots that make sense for Martin Brodeur: 1. Winnipeg Jets – if the Jets trade for James Reimer, swap in Toronto here  2. Columbus Blue Jackets 3. Boston Bruins 4. Arizona Coyotes 5. New Jersey Devils.
  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes won’t be attending their prospect camp as he’s still without a contract. Hayes has been to four of their previous camps. The Blackhawks have until August 15th to sign him to an entry-level deal or he will become an unrestricted free agent.
  • Arthur Staple: Understanding that if Ville Pokka doesn’t make the Islanders out of training camp, he’ll return to Karpat of the Finnish league. Staple’s thinks it’s unlikely that he makes the team.

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NHL Rumors II: Kane, Bruins, Shinkaruk and Frattin-D’Amigo Trade Conditions

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Jets Evander Kane on Vancouver’s Team 1040 radio yesterday.

    [1040 host] Matt Sekeres: Evander, do you want to play for the Winnipeg Jets anymore?

    Kane: Well, I think I’m a Winnipeg Jet right now and there’s been speculation and rumors for the three years since I got there. So we’ll see what happens and we’ll carry on as I’m a Winnipeg Jet.

    Sekeres: There’s not a yes in there, and some Jets fans might say you know, why doesn’t he want to play for us? Why isn’t he absolutely fully on board for playing for us? [To Kane] You’re shaking your finger at me.

    Kane: No, I think… I’m training hard and getting ready for this season. Last summer I didn’t have a full summer of training due to some surgery I had, so I found it really important for me to start training early and get myself in the best shape possible for the upcoming season.

  • Nicholas Goss of NESN: Goss notes that Kane would look very good in a Bruins uniform, surrounded by experienced veterans in a winning environment. He has $5.25 million salary cap hit through 2017-18. Goss adds to not be surprised if Kane is still with the Jets at the start of the season due to GM Keven Cheveldayoff’s conservative nature.
  • Adrian Dater: “People making too much of Evander Kane’s radio comments. But of course we know he wants out of Winnipeg.”
  • Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: Cam Tucker of Metro West reported:

    “I don’t know where that came from. We were never actively looking to trade Hunter Shinkaruk. This stuff gets started out there,” said Benning. “That’s not true.”

  • James Mirtle: For the Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets trade involving Matt Frattin and Jerry D’Amigo the Leafs sent a conditional 7th round pick. The Blue Jackets get the 7th if the don’t keep him. Sense is the Blue Jackets will keep D’Amigo and the Leafs keep the pick.

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NHL Rumors I: Blackhawks, Subban, Erixon, Kings and Boyle

  • Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago: Contract talks between the Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane continue.

    “The talks are and have been going for a little while, and, yes, the Hawks are making it a priority,” Brisson wrote in an email on Tuesday.

  • Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports: (via google translate) By P.K. Subban filing for arbitration, it means that he can’t sign an offer sheet with anyone.

    “Negotiations will continue before the date of the arbitration” has also referred to the agent defenseman, Don Meehan, the TVA Sports.

    It’s likely they will get a deal done before their arbitration hearing.

  • Aaron Portzline: A deal between the Blue Jackets and RFA defenseman Tim Erixon should be done shortly. Other than Ryan Johansen, other RFA deals should come together quickly.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are looking to add a veteran goaltender in case Jonathan Quick hasn’t fully recovered from his wrist surgery. Tomas Vokoun and Nikolai Khabibulin are being considered. The Kings likely won’t decide on a goalie until later on this summer.
  • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: The Lightning signed Brian Boyle to a three year, $6 million deal last week. Boyle turned down more money from the Maple Leafs.

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NHL News: Signings by Sharks, Blues, Senators, Jackets and Panthers

  • Kevin Kurz: The Sharks have signed Tommy Wingels to a three-year, $7.4 million contract. Carries a $2.47 million salary cap hit.
  • David Pollak: The Sharks sign James Sheppard to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues have signed Sebastian Wannstrom to a one-year, $600,000 two-way contract.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues also sign Pat Cannone and John McCarthy to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Ottawa Senators: The Senators sign Alex Grant to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets sign RFA Sean Collins to a one-year, two-way contract.

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NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Blackhawks, Devils, Oilers and Leafs

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Lee Stempniak and Peter Mueller could be free agent options for the Bruins. They likely won’t be considering Dany Heatley.

    “I think a guy that’s interesting is Lee Stempniak,” said Haggerty. “Probably one of the favorites to be signed by the Bruins. He’s not a perfect solution to be signed as a top line player, he’ll probably end up being the third line guy.

    “He’s double digit in goals every year. He’s a solid producer, he’s a good, smart, two-way player… He would give you a good player on your third line, and allow you boost up Loui Eriksson to the first line.”

  • David Pagnotta: There were late night reports that the Blackhawks were close on eight-years contract at $10.8 million per season with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. According to their agent, “it’s not true.” Contract talks continue.
  • Aaron Portzline: Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen have not gone past the initial offers from both sides. They are “galaxies” apart on both term and money.
  • Jonathan Willis: Bob Stauffer on Justin Schultz contract talks: “I would suggest to you that the two sides are not close to a deal.”
  • James Mirtle: For those fans hoping that the Maple Leafs will offer sheet someone, will be difficult in some cases as the Kings have their 2015 second round pick from the Jonathan Bernier trade.

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Quick Hits: Three Teams File for Arbitration, Petry, Jackets, Boyle, Lightning and Canucks

  • Ken Campbell: The Blues have chosen to take Vladimir Sobotka to arbitration. The Avalanche filed for Ryan O’Reilly and the Jets for Michael Frolik.
  • Bob Stauffer: The Oilers sign Jeff Petry to a one-year, $3.075 million deal.
  • Shawn Mitchell: The Blue Jackets signed RFA Corey Tropp to a two-year contract extension.
  • Rob Mixer: The Blue Jackets signed Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.
  • Andrew Gross: Dan Boyle said it’s not that he didn’t want to play for the Islanders and other teams, it just that he wanted to play for the Rangers.
  • Joe Smith: The Lightning hire Jay Feaster as their Executive Director of Community Hockey Development.
  • Ben Kuzma: The Canucks Name John Weisbrod as VP of Player Personnel.

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NHL Rumors II: Offers Sheets, Johansen, Del Zotto, Brodeur, Roy and the Penguins

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks that James Reimer should avoid salary arbitration. Shouldn’t be surprised if the Leafs two assistant hires aren’t internal promotions.Simmons thinks GM should get a little nasty and sign rival players to offer sheets.

    It isn’t about getting the player, necessarily. History has shown most teams match RFA offers. It’s about altering the competitive nature of your competition. Like playing billiards, it isn’t just the shots you make, it’s what you leave behind that matters as well.

    If you’re the Maple Leafs, for example, didn’t it make sense to make an $11 million or $12 million offer per year for Subban? If you get him, you’re acquiring a game changing player. If you don’t, you’re messing up the payroll of one of your chief rivals. There’s no lose in this kind of deal.

  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets are $18 million under the salary cap and could easily match any offer sheet that Ryan Johansen signs.

    “If he signs an offer sheet, he signs an offer sheet,” Kekalainen said. “Our ownership is strong, and I said before, we would match any offer he could possibly sign. If somebody wants to waste their time and effort on that, that’s fine for them. We’d just match it and keep the player.”

    The Blue Jackets and Johansen are still at odds on term, and haven’t really started on the money part of it.

  • Jimmy Murphy: Thinks the Stars and Red Wings could be good fits for defenseman Michael Del Zotto. EJ Hradek: Adds the Sharks under Larry Robinson would also be a good fit.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Del Zotto is still waiting for someone to buy low on him. He is the most intriguing free agent out there as he’s still young and has ability.Martin Brodeur may be a victim of both the salary cap and the shadow he could cast over a teams No. 1 goalie. Brooks wonders about the Blue Jackets behind Sergei Bobrovsky. Brodeur behind Marc-Andre Fleury may have been better than Thomas Greiss.Bruins Torey Krug is not eligible for salary arbitration nor offer sheets.
  • Josh Rimer: Derek Roy is getting close to signing a deal. Down to two teams, with one in the East and one in the West.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said that 2014 1st round draft pick Kasperi Kapanen could make the team next year.

    “We have to keep in mind that Kapanen could come in and make this team,” he said. “He’s played with men [in Finland] for two years. He’s a good player.”

    Their roster is work-in-progress, and could be up until next years trade deadline.

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